Licensing broadband wireless access in Switzerland and France
In Switzerland and France, regulators are preparing a procedure for granting licences for broadband wireless access in the 3.5GHz band. In Germany, the regulator has opened a consultation to grant technology neutral licenses is the 3.5 GHz, however, it explicitly prohibits the provision of mobile services. BIPT, the Belgium regulator has opened a public consultation on wireless local access, making specific reference to WiMAX. BIPT consults on the need of licences within the 3.5 GHz band and proposes opening the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use, in accordance to EU practices. Finally, in Honk Kong (SAR), the Office of Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) is introducing an additional type of licence for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA),1 which refers to wireless local loop connection of end-users to telecommunications networks for voice, data, and multimedia communications.1 The BWA licenses will be completely technology neutral and would allow any kind of standard to render the service and will allow the operator to provide both mobile and fixed service from January 2008, but for transitional purposes the provision of mobile services will be restricted to the limits of the mobile networks cells until that date in Hong Kong.
1 Ofta, Licensing Framework for Deployment of Broadband Wireless Access: Analysis of Comments Received, Preliminary Conclusions and Further Consultation, 31 August 2005, at http://www.ofta.gov.hk/en/report-paper-guide/paper/consultation/20050831.pdf.
2 Id., andOfta press release, Ofta Conducts Further Consultation on Broadband Wireless Access, at http://www.ofta.gov.hk/en/press_rel/2005/Sep_2005_r1.htm.